The Oakmont Sunday Symposium is open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Topics in the Symposium's fall schedule include civil rights and wilderness legislation, drought resistant gardening and Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Court.

Sunday events for Oakmont residents and their invited guests are from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Rec Center.  A $3 donation is requested. Discounted passes are available at the door. The Symposium solicits comments and suggestions about our programs from our audience. Click on Contact Us.


Ky Boyd, "Let's Talk Movies and Oscars" on Feb.22
Dr. Lisa Micheli, "Rolling the Climate Dice" on Feb. 15
Lisa Folsom-Ernst and Kory Stradinger, "Becoming Independent" on Feb. 8
Dr. Seth Shostak, "Are We Alone in the Universe?" on Feb. 1

March 1st
William Crossman: "VIVO: The Coming Age of Talking Computers"

William CrossmanToday, voice-recognition technology and digital video are on course to completely replace text, and by 2050 almost no one will be reading or writing. Our great-great grandchildren won't know how to read or write, and it won't matter. They'll be able to communicate and transfer all information by speaking, listening, and creating/watching video.

William Crossman, founder/director of the CompSpeak 2050 Institute for the Study of Talking Computers and Oral Cultures, will explain why he views this new tech as a positive step forward in the evolution of human society that will impact every human activity and institution.

Crossman is a philosopher, futurist, professor, and human-rights activist concerned with the ways new technologies impact our lives. He received his B.A. in philosophy at Cornell and an M.A. in philosophy at Harvard. He did further study in philosophy and linguistics at M.I.T.

March 8th
Dr. Deborah Hunter: "Getting the Most from Your Medical Appointment"

Dr. HunterGiven the myriad of problems involving our country's healthcare system, extreme workload demands on physicians and high-stress environment of most medical offices, important health issues sometimes can get overlooked or even forgotten, despite the best intentions of your physician and other healthcare professionals. Due to this fact, it is crucial for everyone to become his or her own healthcare advocate.

Physician and patients' rights advocate Deborah Hunger will offer some valuable insights into achieving the best results from your medical appointment with your doctor.

March 15th
Linda Sartor: "VIVO: The Coming Age of Talking Computers"

Linda SartorIn this unusual Symposium presentation, Linda Sartor will share stories and experiences from the seven war-torn countries where she traveled to in the roles of peacekeeper and citizen diplomat over the period of a decade after 9/11. She hopes her insights and recollections will help inspire citizens to follow the call of their hearts in order to affect social change even when they are afraid.

"It is a story of the development of my personal sense of empowerment in the face of violent forces that had always appeared to be beyond my reach," she says.


If the speaker requests the program be video recorded, an edited copy will be posted here one week later for those who could not attend in person. Contact Oakmont Video Productions for more information.

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